State Sen. Daylin Lynch, whose district straddles Montgomery and Delaware counties, has introduced legislation that would raise the Pennsylvania minimum wage to $15. In 2014, Lynch had proposed a hike to $12, but said another year of low wages has driven more employees into poverty.
The legislation would also eliminate tip credits for employees who receive tips. Currently, employers may pay them as little as $2.83 per hour as long as tips make up the difference between $2.83 and the current minimum wage of $7.25.
Lynch cited research that found, had wages kept up with worker productivity, the minimum wage would be $21. Critics charge that minimum wage hikes cost entry-level jobs.
Gov. Tom Wolf has not backed his fellow Democrat’s plan, although he supports raising the state minimum wage to $10.10.